Best hedge trimmers for large hedges
These hedge trimmers all cut quickly, so you spend less time cutting a large hedge. Most have a long blade that will take off more growth in a single sweep, and can all slice efficiently through thick branches.
We put hedge trimmers through a series of tough tasks to see how they manage with a laurel hedge's thick branches, soft, sappy conifer growth and the whippy branches of privet. We also carefully rate them for ease of use.
And here's three hedge trimmers to avoid
You need a powerful hedge trimmer with sharp blades to slice through thick growth when cutting a large hedge. These hedge trimmers are underpowered and leave a messy, ragged finish.
Choose a great hedge trimmer for tall hedges
Cutting tall, long or overgrown hedges can be hard work. Their sheer size will mean they can take hours to trim, and it can be hard to reach the top of tall hedges. In addition their twigs tend to be thick and woody as many are plants that would naturally grow into trees, such as conifers, beech or hawthorn.
There are a few factors to weigh up:
- A hedge trimmer with a powerful motor will cut quickly and easily through even the toughest growth. This could be a petrol or powerful cordless battery model, but these can be heavy and so tiring to use.
- A long blade will speed up cutting as you can cut more in a single sweep of the trimmer.
- If you have a tall hedge that needs cutting frequently it might be worth investing in a good long-reach hedge trimmer, so you can cut the tops without the risk of climbing a ladder.
- It's also crucial that the hedge trimmer is easy to use, as you will be cutting for a long time.